A campus-wide effort to enhance, promote, and sustain a culture of caring and support
at Augusta University.
Jags Care is about reaching out to those who are facing challenges and directing them
to helpful resources on campus. It's about bringing people together through various
programs and activities to foster greater understanding and support. Jags Care is
about being part of a caring community.
Housed in the Division of Enrollment Student Affairs, Jags Care is part of the University’s effort to promote the resources of the CARE Team, support suicide prevention efforts, and promote Augusta University’s goal of holistic
Need help now?
Emergency? Dial 706-721-2911 for emergency assistance on campus.
Georgia Crisis & Access Line
Help is available 24/7 for problems with developmental disabilities, mental health,
drugs, or alcohol.
A crisis has no schedule. That is why the MyGCAL App is designed to help young people
in the state of Georgia access the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) via chat, text
or phone call 24/7/365.
Veterans Crisis Line
and Press 1
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the
Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are veterans themselves.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential
support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved
ones, and best practices for professionals.
If you are worried about yourself:
If you are about to harm yourself, or have already done so, immediately call 911 or Augusta University Police at 706-729-2911.
Help with suicidal thoughts
Make a deal with yourself that you will not act. Tell someone else how you are feeling,
or find someone to be with you.
Call one of the all-hours phone lines immediately. You are not alone.
If you are worried about someone else:
Share concerns with the student one-on-one and be warm and open: ask questions and
Say what you have observed without judgment, and respect their physical and emotional
boundaries. Offer to walk them to the Student Counseling and Psychological Services Center, and share the resources list with them.
Know your Limits
There are times when caring for another person’s needs can become disruptive to your
own wellbeing. Remind yourself that you cannot take responsibility for keeping another
person safe or making them happy. Make sure you get support for yourself and alert
others to your concerns.
If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:
- Call 911 or 706-721-2911 (AU Police)
- Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
- Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide
prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 800-715-4225.
Know the signs
When a person’s ability to perform basic tasks becomes impeded—tasks like sleeping,
eating, going to class, getting assignments done, performing job functions, engaging
socially, and managing normal daily stresses — it is important for the person to get
help and support as early as possible.
Signs of concern
- feeling hopeless or pessimistic
- difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or recalling
- changes in appetite or weight
- persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness
- anger, irritability, or restlessness
- feeling guilty or experiencing feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
- thoughts of death or suicide
- loss of interest or no longer finding pleasure in activities or hobbies
- suicide attempts
- decreased energy, chronic fatigue, or feeling sluggish
- feeling fatigued easily
- pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems without any clear cause
- muscle tension
- restlessness, irritability, or feeling on edge
- dread or panic
- difficulty controlling worry or fear
- racing heart
- sleep difficulties: problems falling asleep, oversleeping, restless, unsatisfying
Augusta University CARE Team
If you are concerned about a student’s well-being or safety—or have reason to believe
this student may pose a threat to themselves or others—it’s strongly encouraged to
fill out an electronic CARE report. The online form allows for 24-hour reporting,
and submissions are forwarded directly to the CARE Team.
Do not use this form if you are reporting an emergency situation. If someone needs
immediate medical attention, or if the person is threatening to harm themselves or
others, please call the AU Police immediately at 706-721-2911.
Submit a CARE report